Theme Switcher
Switch to:

Notes about GDM Themes
Click to learn more about GDM themes


Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6825
Comments: 16465
Ratings: 4520
Forum Posts: 21582
Latest Comments
Same here, forgotten abou...
Both albums are really go...
Great band had forgotten ...
This debut is chocked ful...
The band really broadens ...
I've seen this many times...
A classic indeed and thei...
I hoped more from this al...
It was Heather Thomas in ...
Actually, 'Find The Lady'...
Cheers Dave, looking to g...
Great, Malcolm! I can hel...
Dave, it's already set up...
Great list, Jeffrey. The ...
Maybe an interview with G...
Finally got a copy of thi...
Thanks for the download y...
Yes Dave, I agree New Yor...
Very cool. I've always ha...
As a musician and avid li...
You must login to post a message.

22-01-2018 21:32
Wonderful recent interview with Gary Numan.

21-01-2018 21:04
Lucky and now skint, judging by the winning bid!!

21-01-2018 20:47
Some lucky Jeff Lynne fan got a real rarity!

21-01-2018 09:43
Yep in Argent, especially as Rod Argent and Jim we’re cousins.

21-01-2018 07:43
Didn't Rodford also play in Argent and Charlie too?

20-01-2018 22:04
Jim Rodford, bass player, The Kinks, Phoenix (I think?), but I remember him with The Zombies, saw live a while back. RIP

17-01-2018 21:50
In response to Cyrille Regis, BBC 2 repeat the Adrian Chiles documentary, Whites v Blacks, How Football Changed A Nation, unbelievable true story, worth watching

17-01-2018 18:44
Review of the rather splendid `Hornal` album is in the works too.

17-01-2018 01:57
Dave and Jeff's best of 2017 wrap-up's just around the corner too.. computer work

17-01-2018 01:56
There is a three-part article coming up for E.L.O (Eldorado, A New World Record and Out Of The Blue). Look out for it soon.

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 2000 Articles » Nelson - 2000 Like Father Like Sons
Nelson - 2000 Like Father Like Sons

ARTIST: Nelson
ALBUM: Like Father Like Sons
LABEL: Stone Canyon
SERIAL: unknown
YEAR: 2000


LINEUP: Matthew Nelson - acoustic guitar, lead vocals * Gunnar Nelson - drums, vocals * James Intveld - bass, vocals * Mike Turner - lead guitar, vocals * Steven McClintock - acoustic guitar, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Stood Up * 02 Waitin' In School * 03 Milk Cow Blues * 04 My Bucket's Got A Hole In It * 05 I'm Walkin' * 06 Fools Rush In * 07 Travelin' Man * 08 Hello, Mary Lou * 09 Garden Party * 10 I Got A Feelin' * 11 I Believe What You Say * 12 It's Late * 13 Just Once More - Bonus Track


Trying to achieve long-term respect and success in the music business as the offspring of a musical legend isn't easy. Just ask Dweezil Zappa and Zakk Starr (a.ka. Starkey) to name but two examples who have realised it's something of a double-edged sword. Despite the benefits of being born with music in their blood, they haven't been able to live up to their famous fathers' achievements. Yet Matt and Gunnar Nelson have managed to carve out a successful career with the influence of their late father Rick, the original teenage idol killed in a plane crash in 1985, inspiring them it seems from beyond the grave. As a live concert performance of some of Rick's most famous hits plus only one original Nelson tune, 'Like Father Like Sons' is certainly not a typical Nelson record. Cynics may scoff that it is merely an attempt to capitalise on an increasingly nostalgic record buying public, while Nelson fans expecting another 'Life' or 'After The Rain' will be horrified by what is, on the surface, a rockabilly record. Yet anyone who has followed Nelson's career thus far will realise that talent is the reason Nelson has been successful. 'Like Father Like Sons' is a poignant assertion of Nelson's past, present and future, and for true Nelson fans, it displays the roots from which the brothers sold three million records.

The Songs
While the songs performed are mostly covers, long time fans shouldn't be disappointed. Wherever Matt and Gunnar's names are on a record, melody reigns supreme and Nelson's extremely tight band manages to breathe new life into their father's songs. Only the most narrow minded of Nelson fans could fail to be wrapped up in the exquisite melodies of the timeless 'Hello Mary Lou', 'Travellin Man' and 'Fools Rush In'. And with Matt on vocals, Mike Turner excelling on lead guitar and Gunnar surprisingly enough occupying the drum stool, the record does rock out especially on 'It's Late', 'Milk Cow Blues' and 'My Bucket's Got A Hole In It'. Set opener 'Stood Up' is a classic example of the type of 1950's pop that indirectly inspired countless successful rock musicians to pick up a guitar in the first place. Although a couple of the songs, namely 'I Believe What You Say' and 'Waitin In School' are a little hit or miss, the twelve covers are just enough until the emotive, Matt & Gunnar co-written song 'Just Once More' is performed as an encore. A quite beautiful acoustic song about living with the memory of a loved one, it is a fitting finale. At times Matt sounds eerily similar to Rick and nowhere is this more the case than on the brilliant 'Garden Party', one of Rick's most famous self-penned tunes. Listening to this, it's easy to see just how Matt and Gunnar have inherited their father's knack of crafting great songs.

In Summary
Indeed, considering the concept of this record, it is fitting that this song written about an audience at Madison Square Garden who booed their father's new Stone Canyon Band songs in favour of his older hits should be performed. When Matt sings 'If memories are all I sing, I'd rather drive a truck' the fact that the guys have made a musical career without riding on the coat-tails of Rick Nelson's memory, is unintentionally confirmed. Whilst 'Like Father Like Sons' may not be to everyone's tastes, it is a chance for Matt and Gunnar to express their gratitude for their father's legacy, and also proves that their own music sits comfortably with his. For the two brothers, there could be no higher praise.

Related Articles
Nelson - 1990 After The Rain
Nelson - 1995 Because They Can
Nelson - 1997 Imaginator
Nelson - 1999 Life
Nelson - 2000 Interview with Gunnar Nelson (Nov 2000)
Nelson - 2000 Like Father Like Sons
Nelson - 2010 Lightning Strikes Twice
Nelson - 2015 Peace Out

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

No Comments have been Posted.
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
Articles Cloud
Goffin, Louise - 1988 This Is The Place, Atticus Fault - 2002 Atticus Fault, Band Of Skulls - 2014 Himalayan, Flyer (USA) - 1979 Send A Little Love My Way, Krokus - 2010 Hoodoo, Constellation - 1978 Constellation, Motley Crue - 1994 Motley Crue, Rubicon - 1980 America Dreams, Koslen, Jonah - 2003 Interview with Jonah Koslen, Icehouse - 1981 Icehouse, Midnite Club - 2003 Running Out Of Lies, Valensia - 2017 Eden And The Second Serpent/The Secret Album, HungryHeart - 2008 Interview with Mario Percudani, Empire (Australia) - 1994 Empire, TNT - 1984 Knights Of The New Thunder
Russell DaShiell Lance Keltner Gino Vannelli Anthem Boston Pride (Sweden) Mark-Almond South Africa Circus (South Africa) Rock Candy Records Dakota EP The Machine De Mont Winger Rock Candy Records Oklahoma Sailor Great White Eyes (USA) Ian Thomas Armin Van Burren Cher Actors And Actresses Rock Candy Records Survivor Wilfred N And The Grown Men Hall And Oates Wounded Bird Ron Bolton Group Damzel Emerson Lake And Palmer David Lee Roth The Order Champion (UK) Flashman London
All Tags
Search DDG